To think that young children shouldn't go to Glastonbury.

(211 Posts)
waterducksback Fri 27-Jun-14 19:39:40

Am I wrong to think that it's not fair to drag very young (6 years and under) children around Glastonbury?
It's not fair on the children and its definitely not fair on the other festival goers.
People pay HUGE amounts for their tickets and I'm sure they want to be able to drink, swear, let their hair down and enjoy themselves as much as possible. Surely having young children around spoils that 'atmosphere?'

FluffyPiggle Fri 27-Jun-14 19:42:18

Bit of a generalisation there, depends on the children and parents. There are family friendly facilities and activities. Having said that when I went a couple brought their newborn when Amy Winebox was on! Lol

waterducksback Fri 27-Jun-14 19:43:46

I just don't see the point. [hmmm]

SquigglySquid Fri 27-Jun-14 19:44:00

If I'm at a an adult centric activity I'm not going to censor myself for someone else's child. They knew what they would be exposing their child to the same way a parent would when letting their kids watch an R movie.

Toofertaffer Fri 27-Jun-14 19:45:15

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YouCanTakeAHorseToWater Fri 27-Jun-14 19:45:39

Have you ever been to Glastonbury?

Its very family friendly, there are huge fields of stuff which kids can take part in, the atmosphere is very laid back and no one bats an eyelid at kids being there. The kids themselves always lookalike they are having a great time. There are places which are definitely adults only but they get going round midnight anyway and nobody takes their kids there....

waterducksback Fri 27-Jun-14 19:46:49

I love children, but think that there are some places that are just not suitable for children - pubs is another one.
I don't want to be sat at a bar with a screaming child running around.

I just don't get why somebody would take a child to Glastonbury.

I'm guessing you've not been to any festivals OP?
Why is it not fair on other festival goers?

ICanHearYou Fri 27-Jun-14 19:47:39

Have you ever been? The children's field is the size of a small town, there is a circus field, an area to learn crafts like wood work and felting, a jazz field, there are so many bits of it you can avoid the drunk people all together

You are being very unreasonable, mostly because you have no idea what you are talking about!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 27-Jun-14 19:48:26

Glastonbury is a family friendly festival, have you ever been?

There is a family field to stay in and a children's field. Thins like Cbeebies are there. Glastonbury is much more than the main stages and the music.

I would take my kids there when they are bigger.

Pyramid stage - no

Greenfield and Children's field - yes.

HTH

ICanHearYou Fri 27-Jun-14 19:49:19

Children are a huge, exciting and important part of festivals, I say this as someone who had attended Glastonbury numerous times without any children!

waterducksback Fri 27-Jun-14 19:49:45

So - who watches the children when you go out at night?

CuttedUpPear Fri 27-Jun-14 19:50:01

Are you at Glastonbury OP?

I am. What I can hear from here us children laughing and playing. I'm in the Theatre and Circus area where there are around 30 shows every day aimed at younger audiences, not to mention lots more entertainments such as high wire shows and family comedy shows.

There are 2 huge children's fields with purpose built climbing structures, the like of which you will never see in the outside world.

Craft and music workshops aimed at younger children are going on from 10am til 6pm daily. All of these take place in warm, dry environments.

What's your issue exactly?

Timeforabiscuit Fri 27-Jun-14 19:50:04

YABU Glastonbury is a huge site, the Greenfield's area is brilliant for kids, loads of circus skills etc

They even have separate camping areas for families.

Whether you'd want to do it is an entirely different matter, and other festivals I.e. reading would be really unsuitable IMO.

FluffyPiggle Fri 27-Jun-14 19:50:11

The great thing about Glastonbury is that you could turn up with 10 heads and a pet goat with socks on and no-one would bat an eyelid let alone kids smile

Jengnr Fri 27-Jun-14 19:51:31

People like festivals and have kids. What the fuck else are they supposed to do?

Personally I'd rather eat my own feet with a spoon than take my son camping but I have plenty of mates who love it and their kids have been doing festivals since they were babies.

NatashaBee Fri 27-Jun-14 19:51:42

Glasto is a pretty family-friendly festival. Isn't there a field with kids play areas and stuff? If you were complaining at kids at Download you might have a point smile

ICanHearYou Fri 27-Jun-14 19:51:58

Why do you need to go out at night?

Toofertaffer Fri 27-Jun-14 19:52:28

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Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 27-Jun-14 19:52:36

You've clearly never been OP so unless you have, you really can't say.

They even have midwives there, you can give birth there, and get married.

Festivals aren't just about a) nighttime b) the bands.

waterducksback Fri 27-Jun-14 19:53:09

Interesting answers.
Personally, I would rather find a babysitter.
I wouldn't want to be stuck in the tent in the evening - babysitting, after paying all that money for a ticket!

Theincidental Fri 27-Jun-14 19:53:49

If it was a hardcore dance festival then maybe, but not Glastonbury. I know plenty of families that grew up there, the kids field is full of them, general visitors and the families of staff. There are thousands of people who have their summer hols at Glastonbury.

It's so family friendly and the layout means that the more adult orientated areas (shangri-la), dance field etc. are well away from the family areas. The kids field is by the circus and theatre fields and is absolutely brilliant.

My Ds is 3 and next year we'll be there with bells on. This year, we're off to a small festival so he can learn what it's like.

Toofertaffer Fri 27-Jun-14 19:54:04

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